Guns in Public: Most Americans Comfortable With Public Carry of Handguns

“Most Americans” – 52 percent – say that they would feel comfortable if they saw someone carrying a handgun in a holster in public. So says a new YouGov poll – which also reveals the nuances of public sentiment, and the large partisan divides. Here are the numbers:

52 percent overall say they would be comfortable if they saw someone with a handgun in a holster in public; 72 percent of Republicans, 54 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats agree.

48 percent overall say the ‘average American’ can be trusted with a firearm; 69 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of independents and 32 percent of Democrats agree.